CLAIM

A Pepsi employee in South Bend, Indiana was improperly terminated; while managers claimed he stole a case of soda, other employees confirmed the family's needs placed a fiscal burden on the company. See Example( s )

EXAMPLES
Collected via Facebook, January 2016

PLEASE HELP ME MAKE THIS GO VIRAL! ON December 10, 2015 A week before Christmas my husband was terminated from his job of thirteen years for helping our son with an Economics Project at school. Where the kids had to price and sale product for school bucks(not real money). My son asked back in OCTOBER if his dad if he could bring him a case of pop. My husband asked his immediate supervisor for permission to have a case that was already written off as damaged goods. My husband gave my son the case of pop and he participated in the project. My husband got a call in NOVEMBER and said that they had him on video stealing a case of pop. After explaining to the plant manager that he had received permission from his supervisor they said they would get back to him. A week before Christmas they called my husband at home and told him to come in where they proceeded to fire him and his supervisor after the supervisor confirmed that he had gave him permission to take the case. When my husband told them it was for a school project about the economy they told him “I guess your son will learn a harsh lesson about the economy now.” As they escorted him out, my husband told him he was heartless. he replied “I still works for a multibillion dollar company and sleep fine at night” After thirteen years of working for this company my husband’s ex-coworkers called to tell him that the plant manager had been telling people that they finally got rid of the FMLA worker with the blind wife and asthmatic son. MY SON IS HEARTBROKEN AND THINKS THE WHOLE THING IS HIS FAULT!! I just want this to show what corporate greed has done to a hard working loyal employee. Thank you Pepsi South Bend, Indiana for breaking my ten year old son’s heart.

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ORIGIN

On 28 December 2015, Facebook user Jennifer Waters Isenhart published the above-reproduced status update to Facebook; she claimed that her husband was fired from a Pepsi facility in South Bend, Indiana under contested circumstances.

PLEASE HELP ME MAKE THIS GO VIRAL! ON December 10, 2015 A week before Christmas my husband was terminated from his job…

Posted by Jennifer Waters Isenhart on Monday, December 28, 2015

According to Isenhart, her spouse was terminated from the Pepsi facility on 10 December 2015. She stated that the given cause for his firing was a purported stolen “case of pop,” which she maintained was taken after the former employee repeatedly checked to see if he was allowed to do so. The request to take the unsaleable case of soda was purportedly lodged in October, and the complaint against her spouse filed in November. The post concluded with a claim that subsequent employee chatter revealed the “case of pop” was simply an excuse to terminate an employee whose family proved expensive for the company with respect to benefits:

After thirteen years of working for this company my husband’s ex-coworkers called to tell him that the plant manager had been telling people that they finally got rid of the FMLA worker with the blind wife and asthmatic son.

A woman who identified herself as Waters Isenhart’s sister created a GoFundMe page titled “Wrongfully terminated please help” to raise money for the family in the wake of her brother-in-law’s job loss.

We contacted both Waters Isenhart and Pepsi’s media relations division for further information on the claim, but have yet to receive a response from either. Multiple users contacted Pepsi via social media to ask about the family’s story, but Pepsi hasn’t responded to those comments.

On 11 January 2016, Waters Isenhart contacted us and stated that neither she nor her husband has received any response from Pepsi regarding the claim.

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